In Mali, we mobilize local governments, civil society, and communities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, promote healthy behaviors, enhance governance and transparency in the pharmaceutical sector, strengthen the supply chain system for pharmaceutical commodities, and improve access to health commodity data for better decision making at the national and regional levels.
Our programs in Mali have focused on mobilizing leaders and communities to address widespread sexual and gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation and forced or early marriage. In partnership with the Malian nongovernmental organization Conseils et Appui pour l’Education à la Base, we led the Debbo Alafia Consortium of multisectoral, national, and international implementing partners to carry out social and behavior change activities and advocated for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
To address frequent stock-outs of lifesaving medicines and poor visibility in the pharmaceutical supply chain, we worked with the Ministry of Health to design and roll out an early warning system to report real-time information on essential maternal and child health, family planning, malaria, HIV, and nutrition commodities. This system improved medicines forecasting and planning, prevented stock-outs, and ensured that commodities are used before they expire. Our technical assistance helped to slow down the emergence of antimicrobial resistance by strengthening practices for infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship.